It’s no secret that GM has high hopes for the soon-to-be-launched Chevrolet Cruze. To be debuted at this week’s New York Auto Show, the Cruze will be offered as everything from a 40 mpg commuter (the Cruze Eco) to a sporty-but-sensible compact (the Cruze RS).
The Cruze Eco will feature a 1.4 liter turbocharged motor, optimized axle ratio, low rolling resistance tires on light alloy wheels, a lowered stance and an “air shutter” that closes at speed to reduce drag. When mated to a six speed manual transmission (and driven conservatively), Chevy alleges the Cruze Eco will hit 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Despite it’s role as a fuel sipping commuter, Chevy has still clocked the Cruze Eco at around 9 seconds from zero to sixty – not bad for a car whose primary mission is saving money.
The Cruze RS will feature “appearance upgrades” such as revised wheels and bodywork. The interior will also be upgraded from other Cruze models (the LT and LTZ); unfortunately, the RS package doesn’t include anything to actually make the car go faster. Rumor has it that an SS version of the Cruze is also in the works, but we won’t see it this year.
Source: Left Lane News